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OCR01341 - Secret of Mana "On the Day the World Changed..."

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Powerhouse combination of artists here. This is more a series of remixes than it is one remix (but I ain't complaining) and each section is drastically different from the previous. Hot stuff all the way through. Great work, guys.

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This is one hot track here. If you're going to collaborate, you might as well raise your ambitions and this is what I see with this song. Exceptional job, guys.

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This is quite the mix. It's great how many different elements are thrown together. The main problem with having so many different sections featuring different musicians is that there are little/no real transitions into each section. More developed/smooth and longer transitioning would make this better. There are some ok switches, and I do recognize that there is the limit of 6 mb...so under that constraint I would say this was still pulled off fairly well. Fun arranging, there are lots of interesting ideas. I only wish more sense could be made of the song as a whole.

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....woa....

ok ca c'est carrement debile!!!!:P

bravo les gars!!!! jsavais pas que quebec renfermait autant de talents haha!:)

jsuis vraiment heureux de voir un nouveaux mix de poster ici! vous etes vraiment genial!!!!

oh et bonne fete en passant!!!!:) si tu te souviens, quand on avait jase par email on avait realise que nos fete etait tres proche (moi c le 18) et qu'on avait le meme age en plus:P

j'attend deja votre prochaine toune avec impatience haha!:)

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hummm welll... i said:

concratulation guys!!! i didnt knew quebec city had that much talent:P

i'm very happy to see a new mix of yours finally being post here! you're really great!

oh and by the way, happy birthday!!! then I go on saying that my birthday is really soon too (18th) and that I'm also going to turn 21, and that you know it's crazy to think someone my age can be that good musicaly (kinda makes me feel bad when I compare:P)

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Wow. That really rocked. So many different vibes from this song that would each be amazing on their own. That intro is really something to get excited about. I've been waiting for this to get posted for a while and I tried to guess what song it was a remix of. 'On The Day The World Changed', hmm. I thought of the Prophesy flight theme, or the Mana Beast fight theme but when 'I heard Into the Thick of It' as the intro (one of my favorite tunes from the game) I just had to smile. And it just kept rolling! That bass rocks!

I absolutely loved the third section; the remix of 'Mystic Invasion'. A jazz power-ballad to be proud of for sure. Beautiful piano, beautiful guitar. Someone should make an entire mix out of that section. But each section seriously jammed and multitudes of props to Marc-André Gingras for that jaw dropping guitar solo. In fact, props all around!

Thanks for putting yet another Seiken Densetsu title on the front page you all. Three at the same time! Someone needs to get a Secret of Mana project going :D

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This song is incredible. I've been a fan of Dream Theater, Rush, and many other progressive rock bands since i can remember. This song is up there! Great mix, wonderful use of the melodic progressions the game has to offer. 114kb/s is a bit too low encoding for my taste. Personally, for a mix of this quality, i'd ask for lossless! But, alas, that may be asking too much. Anyways, congrats on the fantastic work guys!

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Boy, wow, where to start...

you know how some music you listen to just seems to have texture, like you can almost run your hands across it and feel the various bumps, dips, turns and intricacies? That's what this is like. I just finished listening to this song for about the 6th time, and each time I can follow a different line throughout the song, pick up a different piece of music worked into it. It's liek a new song all over again. Great work, I'm sure this was quite an effort. :wink:

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Hey guys, thanks for the kind words :)

Wow...OCR has really changed a lot since the last time I logged in (over a year ago I think)!

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Totally sweet. I'm really digging this. The abrupt jarring transitions really work well. This is a song that has some real POWER behind those chords. Too many guitar mixes that try to rock just don't rock hard enough. This rocks hard. Parts of it are definitely Air Guitar worthy. Woo!

The softer piano section was cool, and the perfect break in the middle of all that rocking hard. I too would love a mix just of that, but whatver. It works here.

I must say that you've given me the most frightening rendition of "Where Angels Fear to Tread" I've ever heard. And I mean that in a good way! It's simultaneously soft, gentle, and REALLY CREEPY! Good work there, kudos.

I'm not sure it was the best place to end the mix though. I always like music that comes full circle, starting and ending on the same note or theme or key or whatever. To do otherwise makes it hang there in the air, uncomfortably. But then, that too is a mood to convey, a feeling that is worthwhile to put into music, and I think that here it was deliberate. Ballsy of you, but it was pulled off. That last note is definitely going to echo in my ears for a while...

Neat mix. Very neat. I like.

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My opinion of this mix is that it is awesome in terms of production quality and arrangement ideas. Prog-metal is not something OCR usually gets a taste of; savour it! But unlike djp, I get the impression of medley-itis; it sounds like I'm listening to multiple covers strung together. Each of those covers is superb though!

The comparison to Dream Theatre is definitely warranted.

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Thanks alot guys !

It's certainly not perfect. You're probably right that most of the transitions could've been better. The truth is, as bland as it may sound, that the song was getting very hard to manage. My PC was on the verge of exploding under the weight of all the plugins and amp sims (I don't mic amps or anything, all software) and the song was separated in four different files (which might've be one of the causes of the medley-itis problem !). Anyway, just thought I'd clarify this. It's always a pleasure to read the criticisms of the OCR judges and the people here. Not always easy to take in some cases (and I do get defensive sometimes), but the only important thing is that you seem to appreciate it, and you guys are making my day :P

Also, for those who like the jazzy ballad breakdown taken from Holy Intruder, that's mostly the work of ktriton ! Bow to him :P

Oh, and it's Dream TheatER guys, not Theatre :P

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Well, I love it, myself. Anything that could be better is just fine, though. Because honestly, anything can be better, so if it's good the way it is, it's just how it should be.

Freakin' awesome job.

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Listening to this really makes me wonder what it'd sound lie if you had your way with the boss battle music whose name has TOTALLY escaped me but I've always wanted to hear a remix of.

Umm... keep on... uhhh... bamdazzlin'..? Yeah.. <.<

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Such an interesting and varied mix! I'm not really sure how to approach describing this! I wouldn't be able to play this back to myself in my head or anything. So complex... I guess.. what I think: everything about just screams Secret of Mana (if that makes any sense at all). The atmosphere, the vibe, the sounds that echo through it... I dunno, it just feels that way! Like the game, this mix is an epic voyage across exotic lands to the edges of the world! uh, yeah.

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